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Here’s a drawing that I did a while ago, but for some reason, my computer screwed it up. It’s only recently that I’ve rescanned it and fixed it up.

Camarasaurus was the most common sauropod dinosaur within the Morrison Formation of western North America during the late Jurassic Period. Other species like Apatosaurus and Diplodocus might be more familiar to the ear, but in terms of the sheer numbers of specimens that have been found, this big guy tops the list. As far as size goes, it was a tad on the small side for a sauropod, measuring only 60 feet long. Its relatively small size (that is, compared with the other larger sauropods that it shared its habitat with) and meaty build likely made it one of the preferred targets for a mob of Allosaurus to take down. The reason why Camarasaurus was the most common species of its kind might be due partly to its smaller-than-average size (smaller stomachs mean more food to go around for everyone, and by extent leads to having larger populations) and partly to its apparently generalistic diet. Creatures which have a specialized diet are often hit hard when catastrophies arise, whereas dinosaurs that are more adaptable and flexible in terms of what they eat come out more favorably.

Many times, you’ll see these dinosaurs illustrated Gregory Paul-style, with thin spindly legs. I decided that the biomechanics of this simply weren’t feasible, and so I gave my animal suitably thicker more elephant-like legs, able to hold up the tens of tons of weight. Also notice that, contrary to other artistic renderings of this species, the neck is NOT held straight vertically upright, but is thrust more fowards in a 45 degree S-shaped curve. This is also one of the few dinosaur drawings that I’ve done in color. In terms of the color pattern, I’ve always imagined Camarasaurus colored in the scheme that you see above, even as a little kid – tan body with broad brown stripes and a somewhat yellowish-tan underbelly. I simply cannot imagine this species colored in any other way.

Keep your pencils sharp, people.

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7 Comments

    • Chase says:

      By the way. can I feature this artwork in PaleoNews #8? I would provide links to this blog as well as any other websites you would like me to and most definitely credit you.

      • jrabdale says:

        Yeah, sure you can use my Camarasaurus drawing. Thanks for spreading the word about my website and about my artwork. Hopefully, it will lead to some commissions.

      • Chase says:

        It will be featured in PaleoNews #9, which is set for April 3rd. Thanks for allowing me to use it!

  1. Chase says:

    PaleoNews #9 has just been posted! Please tell me if anything related to the artwork is wrong and I will fix it. Thanks again for allowing me to use your artwork!

    • jrabdale says:

      Looks fine, except that you mis-spelled the dinosaur’s name. It’s Camarasaurus, not Camarosaurus. Other than that, great. I appreciate you giving me a shout-out.

      • Chase says:

        Oops! I’m going to fix that right now. That’s why my username is thetetanuraeguy not the neosauropodguy 😄

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